Interview: Paul Gulacy – From “Sabre” to “Phrenic” Exclusive Art!

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Last year we had the good fortune to interview the creators of “Phrenic,” a transmedia thriller that you read, watch, and play. At that time “Phrenic” was a story told primarily through 2-3 minute-long video episodes, an interactive choose-your-own-adventure short story, and other content accessed through the Phrenic iPhone app.  We commented at the time that  a comic book adventure would be a natural fit for the series, perhaps funded by a Kickstarter campaign. The suggestion was not ignored and now an artist for the comic has been chosen. Continue reading

Holiday Special: Five Costume Ideas for the Truly Desperate — Halloween 2014

October is well underway and the seeds of autumn are in full bloom. Coffee that tastes like pumpkin pie scented candles wafts its heady aroma from every Starbucks. Giant inflatable Frankenstein monsters billow from the front yards of houses on every block. People dress in shorts and a parka, never quite sure what the temperature will lob at them throughout the day. It’s Fall once again in the Midwest, and Halloween is nearly upon us. Continue reading

Trade Paperback Review: Saga, Volume One

Saga Volume 1 Post ImageWriter: Brian K. Vaughan

Artist: Fiona Staples

Publisher: Image Comics, Inc.

I’m not a big single comic reader: it’s too much trouble to collect them (I used to… anyone want to buy $500 worth of comics from 1990?), and truth be told, I’m pretty selective. As a result, I spend a lot of time trolling best of lists, in an endless quest to trade getting there first for quality. Saga is no exception: I pulled it from Bleeding Cool‘s top 100 comics and graphic novels of 2013. Continue reading

Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (Review)

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Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013)

Format: Blu-ray
Studio: PBS/Ghost Light Films
Run Time: 180 min
Rating: Not Rated
Released: October 15, 2013


For over seven decades, superheroes and the comic books they inhabit have endured a cultural journey as fraught and astonishing as their epic adventures in print. At times, the voyage has been one of commercial evolution; from the serializing and sales of superheroes in graphic stories to the merchandising of their larger than life personalities in toys, pajamas, and breakfast cereals, to the explosion of superheroes in television, film, and computer games. At other times, the path has taken comic book creators on an exploration through the struggles and accomplishments of their age — golden, silver, and otherwise. The atomic horrors of World War II, the feminist movement of the 1960s and 70s, the terror attacks of 9/11, and the digital democratization of media have been among the many currents in American society that have shaped the people that bring superheroes to life and, in turn, molded those heroes into iconic reflections and meditations of their times.  Like any creative enterprise evolving from popular entertainment to cultural institution, it has taken time for superheroes as agents of culture, and comic books as objects of art, to build a body of work and consistency of reputation worthy of more academic exploration. Continue reading

William Shatner: Welcome to his “World”

Photo Credit: George Qua-Enoo Photography

Photo Credit: George Qua-Enoo Photography

Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It has taken on a life of its own even as it has taken on the life of its sole performer, the megalithic force of nature called William Shatner. Since it’s Broadway premier at the Music Box Theatre in February of 2012, Shatner’s World has gone on to tour stages around the United States and Canada in the two years since. Its latest stop will be a one-night-only cinematic presentation hosted by Fathom Events, playing in theaters on Thursday, April 24th. Shatner promises, “A Broadway play for the price of a movie ticket,” showcasing his music, humor, and many iconic performances as a television, film, and stage actor. Continue reading